Claudio Ranieri relishing underdog role as Watford prepare for Man Utd visit - ‘I am alive’

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Claudio Ranieri relishing underdog role as Watford prepare for Man Utd visit - ‘I am alive’
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Watford boss Claudio Ranieri says being the underdog against teams like Manchester United makes him feel “alive”.

The Italian’s side are hosting Manchester United on Saturday as they look for their second win since he was appointed.

Like his counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ranieri is under pressure to get Watford firing and steer them away from the relegation places.

The 70-year-old, however, is loving the pressure that comes with his job, particularly as he gets ready to take on United.

“Look, always our managers are under pressure - in every country, every moment and also 20, 30 years ago,” said Ranieri.

“This is our life. We are alone. We have to fight, we have to be very clear with our players and try to do our best.

“Then, you know in this sport, you can win, you can draw, you can lose, but it is important your conscience is okay.

“My life is pressure. I am under pressure every time. I love this kind of pressure. I think I do this job for the pressure.

“I am not happy, but I am alive when there is this kind of duel between the big team and the underdog team. I want my players to show their character, their arrogance, and try to do their best.”

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